Jepson Leadership Forum History

  • Digital Dystopias: Truth and Representation in the Internet Age


    The 2019-20 Jepson Leadership Forum examines the benefits, pitfalls, and challenges facing the next generation as it navigates an online world with global influence on politics, economics, and society. Experts in the fields of technology, journalism, politics, and education will share their thoughts on how an increasingly powerful digital space affects both leadership and followership.

    Sept. 17, 2019
    Katie Hafner, Journalist, frequent contributor to The New York Times, and author
    The Origins of the Internet
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    Oct. 7, 2019
    Derek Thompson, Staff writer at The Atlantic, founder and host of the podcast "Crazy/Genius," and news analyst at National Public Radio
    Economics and Influence in Digital Spaces
    Take 5 video.

    Nov. 19, 2019
    Yasha Levine, Russian-American investigative journalist and author
    The Internet as a Weapon
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    Feb. 13, 2020
    Virginia Eubanks, Associate professor of political science at the University at Albany - State University of New York
    Algorithms, Austerity, and Inequality
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    March 25, 2020
    André Brock, Associate professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology
    Racial Representation in Technoculture
    *This presentation was canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    *With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond’s alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion.

  • Does Democracy Work?


    Does Democracy Work? Or are we setting ourselves up for failure? The 2018-19 Jepson Leadership Forum hosts politicians, political advisors, and experts on poverty, elections, and technology for a case study of American democracy. We’ll explore the good, bad, and ugly of U.S. politics and government as we ask the question "Does democracy actually work?"

    Oct. 25, 2018
    Peter Edelman, Professor of Constitutional Law and Poverty Law at Georgetown University
    How Democracy is Failing America’s Poor
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    Nov. 28, 2018
    Levar Stoney, Mayor of the City of Richmond
    The Reality of Voter Disenfranchisement
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    Dec. 4, 2018
    Blanche Wiesen Cook, Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
    Toward an Inclusive Democracy: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Legacy
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    Jan. 22, 2019
    Zeynep Tufekci, Contributing Opinion Writer to The New York Times and UNC-Chapel Hill Associate Professor
    Democracy in the Age of Twitter, Facebook & YouTube
    Take 5 video.

    March 5, 2019
    Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science at Vanderbilt University
    Democracy for Realists
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    April 10, 2020
    Melody Barnes, Former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Principal and Co-Founder of MB2 Solutions LLC, a domestic policy strategy and impact development firm
    Can We Make Our Democracy Work?
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    *With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond’s alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion.

  • Vision and Division


    Since 1992, the Univeristy of Richmond Jepson School of Leadership Studies has explored how visionary leaders bring people together and drive change. The 25th anniversary Jepson Leadership Forum invites you to explore your own vision. Join us as we confront some of the most critical and divisive issues facing our world today -- from wealth and social inequality to terrorism -- and learn to analyze your information, express your opinions, and even change your mind.

    Sept. 18, 2017
    Roland G. Fryer Jr., Henry Lee Professor of Economics and Faculty Director, EDLabs at Harvard University
    Using Economics to Solve Racial Inequality
    Take 5 video.

    Oct. 19, 2018
    Rukmini Callimachi, Award-winning foreigh correspondent for The New York Times
    Talking to Terrorists
    Presentation video.

    Nov. 16, 2017
    Dennis Whittle, Co-founder of Feedback Labs and GlobalGiving, the world’s first crodfunding and crowdsourcing website
    Listening as Leadership
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    Jan. 29, 2018
    Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University professor and adviser to world leaders
    Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
    Take 5 video.

    Feb. 21, 2018
    Jessica Valenti, Bestselling author and Guardian US columnist
    Why Feminism (Still) Matters
    Take 5 video.

    *With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond’s alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion.

  • Reconstruction and the Arc of Racial (In)Justice


    The 2016-17 Jepson Leadership Forum traces America’s long struggle for racial justice through slavery and civil war, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement and present day. Journey with us as we return to the setbacks and advances, successes and failures that shaped modern America.

    Sept. 15, 2016
    Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University historian and law professor whose research, among other things, explores the life of America’s third president
    Thomas Jefferson’s Intellectual and Ethical Understanding of Slavery
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    Oct. 19, 2016
    Ira Berlin, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland with an expertise in southern and African-American history
    Slavery in North America Across Time and Place
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    Nov. 15, 2016
    Eric Foner, Columbia University professor regarded as the leading authority on the Reconstruction Era in the United States
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    Jan. 24, 2017
    Isabel Wilkerson, Journalist and bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
    The Story of the Great Migration
    Take 5 video.

    Feb. 15, 2017
    Jamelle Bouie, Chief political correspondent for Slate and CBS News political analyst
    Twentieth Century Racial Discrimination and its Long-term Implications
    Take 5 video.

    March 21, 2017
    Thomas F. Jackson, Historian at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and American Civil Rights Movement scholar
    Embattled Leader, Contested Icon
    Presentation video. Take 5 video.

    *With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond’s alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion.

  • The Fix: Health, Science, and the Future


    The 2015-16 Jepson Leadership Forum takes on the big questions about human health and well-being: the challenges of global health and poverty, genetics and individual decision making, and the media’s role in public health. We invite you to imagine what’s possible and learn how to think more sharply, live more fully, and do more good. 

    Sept. 22, 2015
    Maria Konnikova, Psychologist, bestselling author, and contributing writer for The New Yorker online
    How to Make Smarter Choices
    A conversation with Maria Konnikova. 

    Oct. 29, 2015
    Daniel Lieberman, Paleoanthropologist at Harvard University, whose research focuses on the look and function of the human body
    Is Exercise the Best Medicine?
    Presentation video. A conversation with Daniel Lieberman. 

    Nov. 12, 2015
    Peter Singer, Princeton University professor who has been called the world’s most influential living philosopher
    How To Do the Most Good
    Presentation video. A conversation with Peter Singer. 

    Jan. 28, 2016
    James Hamblin, Writer and senior editor at The Atlantic and host of the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk
    Scientific Storytelling: Deconstructing the Media’s Critical Role in Public Health
    A conversation with James Hamblin. 

    Feb. 24, 2017
    Nina Munk, Vanity Fair contributing editor and author of The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
    The Perils of Good Intentions

    April 7, 2017
    Wendy Chung, Clinical and molecular geneticist at Columbia University who studies genetic forms of autism
    Is the Future of Medicine in our DNA?
    Presentation video. A conversation with Wendy Chung. 

    *With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond’s alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion. 

  • Into the Fray: Global Perspectives on Conflict


    Humans are capable of living together harmoniously, but inevitably comfortable collaborations give way to conflict when we find the actions or ideas of others unacceptable. The 2014-15 Jepson Leadership Forum goes into the fray and examines conflict across contexts, seeking fresh perspectives on the fights, battles, disputes, confrontations, and arguments that arise between warring nations, among factions within society and organizations, and between those seeking positive social change—even within ourselves. 

    Sept. 30, 2014
    Robert Thurman, Buddist scholar
    Conflict Between and Within: A Buddhist Perspective
    A conversation with Robert Thurman.

    Oct. 21, 2014
    Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert (USMC)
    Guantánamo: When Command and the Constitution Collide
    Presentation video. A conversation with Maj. Gen. Lehnert.

    Nov. 13, 2014
    Robert J. Norrell, Award-winning historian
    Souls of Black Leaders: The Rival Strategies of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois
    Presentation video. A conversation with Robert J. Norrell

    Jan. 26, 2015
    Polly Wiessner, Anthropologist
    Adapting to a Changing World
    Presentation video. A conversation with Polly Wiessner.

    March 18, 2015
    Dar Williams, Singer-songwriter
    Music Movements in Capitalistic Democracy
    Presentation video. A conversation with Dar Williams. 

    *With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond’s alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion. 

  • Culture Shock: The ART of Leading Society


    Leadership isn’t confined to the political realm or the executive suite. Sometimes is happens in a recording studio, on stage, or behind the lens of a camera. The 2013-14 Jepson Leadership Forum explores how we influence culture and how culture influences us. It introduces audiences to visionary artists—leaders in their own right—and distinguished scholars who understand the power of culture to make us question our perceptions, shape society, and ultimately lead us in new directions. Even shock us. 

    Sept. 24, 2013
    Peter Guralnick, Biographer and music historian 
    Moving to a Different Beat: How a record producer changed music, shaped culture, and gave birth to rock ’n’ roll
    A conversation with Peter Guralnick.

    Oct. 23, 2013
    Giles Gunn, Cultural critic
    Bridging the Gap: Cultural differences in a globalized world 
    Presentation video. A conversation with Giles Gunn.

    Nov. 6, 2013
    Emily Nussbaum, Television critic and author
    From I Love Lucy to Breaking Bad: How ambitious modern television rebelled against formula by exploding it

    Feb. 24, 2014
    Moisés Kaufman, Tony- and Emmy-nominated director, founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project
    Toward a New Theater: A conversation with The Laramie Project’s Moisés Kaufman
    Presentation video. A conversation with Moisés Kaufman.

    March 26, 2014
    Janet Jarman, Award-winning photographer and multimedia storyteller
    Framing the Conversation: Immigration and other contemporary social issues
    Presentation video. 

    April 11, 2014
    Abigail Washburn, Folk musician
    Special Musical Performance
    Performance video

    *With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond’s alternative for news, arts, culture, and opinion.